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Wednesday, Mar 5, 2014 at 10:54 AM
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By Andrew Greiner

Council Asks to Suspend Travel to Russia

Council Asks to Suspend Travel to Russia

Burke notes in his press release "it is my hope that if we take the first step of urging an airline embargo that other major cities across the nation, such as New York and Los Angeles, will follow suit." Read »

Thursday, Jan 16, 2014 at 12:35 PM
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By BJ Lutz, Lauren Petty
      

City Council Approves E-Cig Limits

Users of electronic cigarettes will need to step outside and remain at least 15 feet away from any entrance to a public building. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 at 4:05 PM
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By Anthony Ponce

City Council Approves Mayor's 2014 Budget

City Council Approves Mayor's 2014 Budget

Spending package includes a few changes since Emanuel officially proposed it last month. Read »

Thursday, Nov 14, 2013 at 8:00 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Chicago Makes Plans to Remember JFK Assassination

Chicago Makes Plans to Remember JFK Assassination

City Council resolution calls for all city and state flags to be flown at half-staff on Friday, Nov. 22. Additionally, it also urges churches to toll their bells and for a citywide moment of silence at 1 p.m. —... Read »

Thursday, Nov 14, 2013 at 5:46 AM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Council Mulls Passing Highest Cigarette Tax in Nation

Council Mulls Passing Highest Cigarette Tax in Nation

The Chicago City Council held a hearing Wednesday on a cigarette tax that will make the combined federal, state, county and city tax rate $7.42 a pack -- the highest in the nation Read »

Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013 at 11:34 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

An Open Letter to Ald. Michelle Harris

An Open Letter to Ald. Michelle Harris

On behalf of the people of Chicago, I would like to invoke Rule 41 of the Rules of Order and Procedure of the Chicago City Council. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 23, 2013 at 6:09 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson
      

Mayor Warns of Pension Crisis in Laying Out $7B Budget

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel stressed that great progress has been made in righting the city's finances but warned they could be devastated in state lawmakers don't pass pension reform legislation by next year. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 22, 2013 at 7:14 AM

Mayor Wants to Hike Cable TV Tax: Report

Mayor Wants to Hike Cable TV Tax: Report

Proposal would raise $9 million, chip away at $339 million shortfall. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Plan to Rename Stony Island After Bishop Brazier Delayed

Plan to Rename Stony Island After Bishop Brazier Delayed

Discussion on Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to rename a south side thoroughfare after Bishop Arthur Brazier vanished from Wednesday's City Council agenda over concerns from aldermen about the costs involved and the... Read »

Friday, Oct 4, 2013 at 10:57 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Alderman Wants to Ban BYOB in Dry Precincts

Alderman Wants to Ban BYOB in Dry Precincts

Chicago aldermen will decide later this month if businesses in the city's dry precincts will be barred from letting their customers cater in or bring in their own booze. Read »

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Who We're Covering
Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

After spending much of the past year and a half out of the public eye Triple J is making a comeback!

Rod Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich

Rascally alchemist transmutes disgrace into fame. Celeb Apprentice buffoon, jail time looms.

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

Accidental gov no longer.

Michael Madigan

Michael Madigan

Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

Ed Burke

Ed Burke

Ed Burke has played the stoic counterpart to Mayor Daley's outspoken boss hog since the Mayor took office.

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